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Common Law as the Element of the Kabardians’ Standard Culture in the XIXth Century

Author(s): Alexey H. Abazov

Journal: Bylye Gody
ISSN 2073-9745

Volume: 28;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 18;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Kabardians | Northern Caucasus | common law | standard culture | adat | shariat | court | judicial system | integration | legal pluralism.

The common law is investigated as an element of the standard culture of the Kabardians in the XIXth century. Along with the common law, the separate elements of the traditional standard culture of the Kabardians; such as the traditional institutes of social self-regulation, the system of class relations, the family and household culture, a complex of moral ethical standards and behavior rules are distinguished. Specific features of integration of the common law and of certain institutes of the Kabardians into the legal system of the Russian Empire are demonstrated in these examples. It is claimed that after Kabarda's unification with the Russian Empire the common law of the Kabardians underwent essential transformations. It didn’t, however, completely lose its regulatory functions.
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